Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Life - - THE LOVES OF MY LIFE -

The per­son Two lit­tle girls named Pearl (5) and Poppy (1) have stolen my heart for­ever The mem­ory When grow­ing up, hav­ing the kitchen to my­self on a Sun­day af­ter­noon to bake to my heart’s con­tent. Then fill­ing my fam­ily full of treats and dis­as­ters The mo­ment of the day In­hal­ing my two girls’ en­thu­si­asm and watch­ing their happy faces as they help me cook The song Does the sound of an ice-cream van count? Great tune, filled with nos­tal­gia! The movie Wait­ress. Stick me in that all-Amer­i­can retro-diner out­fit and I’ll hap­pily make you pies all day. I‘ll have the ‘marsh­mal­low mer­maid pie’ over the ‘baby scream­ing its head off in the mid­dle of the night and ru­in­ing my life’ pie any day, thanks The hero All hail Martha Ste­wart. Not so much for the prison part of her life. I’m think­ing more the arts, crafts, cook­ing, gar­den­ing and home or­gan­is­ing. I went to see her live TV show when in New York and now to­tally want my own version of the show here. In­clud­ing the Jerry Springer-style au­di­ence chants. ‘Go Martha! Go Sharon!’ The book My se­cond book, The No-Cook Cook­book, of course! I hope to con­vince those who don’t cook that they don’t even have to cook to cook, if you get me. Any­how, I’ll bash ev­ery­one over the head with this un­til they get cook­ing The out­fit Check out the back of my new book to see me wear­ing my most favourite dress of all time ever. A flirty, flow­ery, lit­tle 1980s off-the-shoul­der num­ber in a 1950s style. A bar­gain eBay pur­chase The ac­ces­sory Can some­one please buy me an Orla Kiely hand­bag? The gad­get Step away from the iPhone. When hav­ing time apart, I’m known to flirt with a Mag­imix food pro­ces­sor The pet hate Dis­or­gan­i­sa­tion! The friend Ah, I love all of my girlies. I have many great friends from ev­ery part of my life who still help keep me sane and strong The beauty prod­uct Rose wa­ter is my toner of choice. I like it be­cause it screams of old lady chic, but also works fab­u­lously in meringues The hol­i­day I took a trip around the world as a year-long hol­i­day about 10 years ago. Sri Lanka, In­dia and Viet­nam were my top three coun­tries The piece of ad­vice Sev­eral cook­ery show pro­duc­ers have ad­vised me to keep steamer pans topped up. I’ve been known to burn wa­ter! The drink Hav­ing never been into whiskey, I was sold hook, line and sinker on whiskey sours by the Bare­foot Contessa, Ina Garten, at one of her show wrap par­ties. De­li­cious! How­ever, as I’m cur­rently breast­feed­ing, camomile tea is my tip­ple of choice The ho­tel Taxi, take me to Monart Spa in Wex­ford. This place, set­ting and land has serious heal­ing and restora­tive prop­er­ties. I would hap­pily stay there wrapped in a white robe, with no phone, very lit­tle ver­bal con­tact with other hu­mans and snoozing for sev­eral days. Make that weeks. For­ever The bar I have to say my mammy and daddy’s bar, the Lob­ster Pot in Carne, Co Wex­ford. My child­hood bed was right above the bar counter, so I hold many lo­cal se­crets go­ing years back The hobby It’s all about the cook­ing. Food vi­brates my world, be­sides be­ing my work, it’s my pas­sion and I hope I can in­spire as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble to fall in love with it too The part of my body While some sus­pect I have a wardrobe full to choose from, my bee­hive is proudly all my own The celebrity De­spite end­ing up work­ing with many celebrity chefs over the years, I was never one for be­ing daz­zled by celebri­ties in gen­eral. In fact, I’m renowned for not recog­nis­ing them. I once asked James Nes­bitt was he a chippy on the set of a Jamie Oliver com­mer­cial. On an­other oc­ca­sion, I wouldn’t al­low Mike Tyson into the Ready, Steady, Cook stu­dio, say­ing he would have to wait un­til I got the pro­duc­tion man­ager down to talk to him The virtue Breast­feed­ing, thank­fully hav­ing come re­ally nat­u­rally to me, is the most re­ward­ing thing I’ve ever ex­pe­ri­enced. It has made me re­alise just how car­ing and nur­tur­ing I am. Not to men­tion self-dis­ci­plined and strong for hav­ing sac­ri­ficed booze for a few years and count­ing The vice Nobo vanilla and co­conut dairy-free frozen ice cream. As this is tech­ni­cally sin free, chuck a Tun­nock’s tea cake in on top for good mea­sure The smell A Sun­day roast cook­ing. And Es­cen­tric Mol­e­cules per­fume The taste: All I can think about right now is that whiskey sour. OK, and the Sun­day roast . . . Sharon Hearne Smith is an am­bas­sador for Su­per­Valu’s Good Food Karma Project, which wants to get Ire­land cook­ing just one more meal a week from scratch in a bid to build a health­ier, hap­pier na­tion For recipe in­spi­ra­tion, see su­per­

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